Niki is a contemporary Welsh visual artist working from a studio on the coast of North Wales. She finds herself concerned with and exploring the usual questions we humans have – life, death, love, loss, joy, pain, the world around her and her place within it. What is it to be her in the 21st century? Body issues, life issues, mind issues, world issues. As a Generation X’er Niki finds herself referencing in her practice the pop culture and music of the 80’s and 90’s where she grew up whilst absorbing in the rebellious nature of Punk and the brashness of Americana. Her surfaces are scattered with a multi-media riot of shoulder pads, rhinestones, neon tubing, typography and fluorescent colours exploding in a cacophony of form. Taking in the macho ideals of Abstract Expressionism and the colourful renderings of the Pop Art movement, through to the feminine, domestic forms of stitch and collage; work that is both on a giant scale that towers over the viewer standing in front of it but is also not afraid to be something small enough to wear on a finger.

Niki has just completed a Masters in Fine Art (2019-2021) where she has been occupied with thoughts of motherhood and all that it entails. Her practice has focused on the fracturing and fragmenting of self that occurs with the advent of children with its endless mental, physical and emotional load and her attempt to wrestle time and space to be an artist whilst looking at the stereotypes of both. The life of a menopausal 47 year old woman with 3 children and a surprise grandchild all squashed into the family home has fed the feeling of chaos and juggling that Niki depicts in her work. A visual voice that echos the madness of juggling an over full life where she says she feels like a cake that doesn’t have quite enough slices to go around all the people at the party. The drudge of domesticity and the fight to be something else. Throw in a world pandemic and it has made all the more fuel for her creative fire. Her practice stretches across painting, photography, installation, printmaking, sculpture, performance, textiles, video and sound. 

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Niki is currently collaborating on a 78 image tarot deck with the writer Alice Grist that is being released world wide by Welbeck Publishing from November 2022. She has exhibited in places as far flung to each other as Llandudno, Liverpool, London & Kyoto. She has done a residency at Galeri Caernarfon during the midst of the pandemic and has also collaborated with many artists over the years including Stuart Semple and his art materials project – The Blackest Black, lighting designer Mamws, the music producer Tom Demac on an all encompassing soundscape, the graphic novel artist Alexandria Welch on a collage and the actress Holly Roberts on a video installation.

 

CV

  • 1992-3 – Bangor Parc Menai – Art Foundation Course
  • 1993-4 – Cardiff Met – BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • 1994-6 – Wirral Met – BA (Hons) Fine Art (Liverpool John Moores)
  • 1995 – Liverpool Docks – Group Show
  • 1996 – Williamson Art Gallery Liverpool – Group Show
  • 1996 – Royal Cambrian Academy – Emerging Welsh Artists
  • 1998 – Wrexham Art Gallery – New Artists
  • 1998-… – Founded View Creative Design Agency
  • 2000-… – a hiatus of life, children and random work
  • 2011-15 – Founded Louli homewear and apparel
  • 2015-17 – Two Birds Gallery – Rolling Exhibitions
  • 2016 – Royal Cambrain Academy – Digital exhibition
  • 2016-19 – Peculiar Gallery – curating and hanging quarterly exhibitions
  • 2016 – Peculiar Gallery – One Wall Sees All – Solo Show
  • 2017 – Llangollen Tourist Information Gallery – Group Show
  • 2017 – Saatchi Gallery – #Selfie – Group Show
  • 2017-… – Opened The Studio – Working studio space, workshops and exhibition space. Ongoing
  • 2017 – Oriel Mostyn – #Glitch Festival – Group Show
  • 2018 – Royal Cambrian Academy – Winter Open – Group Show
  • 2018 – Royal Cambrian Academy – New Digital Art – Group Show
  • 2018 – Llawn 06 – John’s Street House – Takeover – Group Show
  • 2018 – Llawn 06 – Pop Up – Take Away Art – Collaboration with Pea Restall
  • 2012 – Stuart Semple’s Culture Hustle The Blackest Black 2.0 project (packaging)
  • 2018 – Oriel Brondanaw – Open Exhibition
  • 2018 – Peculiar Gallery – (exhibited & curated) – Group Pop Up Show
  • 2018 – Beaute Box – (curated & exhibited) – Pop Up & Takeover Solo Show
  • 2019 – Oriel Mostyn – Insight – Solo Show
  • 2019 – Helfa Gelf – The Studio – This is Me (exhibited & curated) – Solo Show
  • 2019 – Helfa Gelf – Open Studios
  • 2019 – Marmalade Cafe – Installation & curation of work
  • 2019-21 – Parc Menai Bangor – MA Fine Art (Bangor University)
  • 2020 – Witch Magazine Article – What’s Mine is Mine
  • 2020-21- Pandemic pop up studio and exhibition space made in my kitchen and around the house
  • 2020 – In My Garden – Who’s She? The Cat’s Mother – Lockdown Exhibition
  • 2020 – In My Kitchen – Fantasy Tea Party – Lockdown Performance
  • 2020 – #artistsupportpledge – artists supporting artists during the pandemic via instagram
  • 2020 – Peculiar Gallery – The Vault (exhibited & curated) – Art in Lockdown
  • 2020 – View Creative – Installation, design of spaces & curation of paintings
  • 2021 – Plas Bodfa – Unus Multorum – Group Show
  • 2021-… – Plas Bodfa – Artists Multiples – #Femalekind -Group Project
  • 2021 – The House of Smalls – The Time of Her Life – Group Show
  • 2021 – The House of Smalls – This Volatile State – Group Show
  • 2021 – Galeri – Lockdown Residency
  • 2021 – Galeri – Working in Lockdown (exhibited & curated) – Group Show
  • 2021 – Elysium Gallery – Without Boarders – Group Show
  • 2021 – Peculiar Gallery The Vault – Bright Lives (exhibited & curated) – Group Show
  • 2021 – Art Spot Korin – Kyoto Japan – Without Boarders – Group Show
  • 2021 – Parc Menai – Bangor – (group curated) The Last Women Standing – Group Show
  • 2022 – Pontio – Foundation 40+1 – Group Exhibition
  • 2022 – Mind Centre – Nagoya Japan – Without Boarders – Group Show
  • 2022 – Rebel Heart Tarot – World Wide Release with Welbeck Publishing and Writer Alice Grist

Commissions & Collaborations

  • 2016 -… – Peculiar Gallery – ongoing curating and hanging of exhibitions
  • 2016 -… – Ongoing workshops with with Pea Restall
  • 2017 – Oriel Mostyn – #Glitch Festival – workshops and group performance
  • 2018 – Collaboration with lighting designer Mamws
  • 2018 – Llawn 06 – workshops and collaboration on exhibition – Take Away Art – with Pea Restall
  • 2018 – Collaboaration with Stuart Semple on his ’Blackest Black’ art materials project.
  • 2019 – Installation at Verneys House
  • 2019 – Furniture & light fitting design for a private collection at Verneys House
  • 2020 – Mentoring artists through the Pandemic
  • 2020-… – Continued mentoring of artists and their practice
  • 2021 – Collaboration with the Graphic Novel Artist Alexandria Welch
  • 2021 – Galeri – Lockdown Residency
  • 2021 – Galeri – Curating and installing a group show – Art in Lockdown
  • 2021 – Collaboration on a soundscape with DJ & Music Producer Tom Demac
  • 2021 – Collaboration on a video with Actor Holly Roberts
  • 2021 – Parc Menai – Group curating and installing the group show ‘The Last Women Standing’
  • 2021-22 – Pontio Gallery – Site Specific Installation in the Atrium – ‘Almost a Murder’
  • 2021-22 – Collaboration on a 78 card tarot deck – Rebel Heart Tarot – with the Writer Alice Grist
  • 2022 – World wide publication of the Rebel Heart Tarot deck via Welbeck Publishing

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